'''Shimer College''' (pronounced ) is an American Great Books
college in Chicago
, Illinois. Founded in 1853 as the Mt. Carroll Seminary in Mount Carroll, Illinois
, the school became affiliated with the University of Chicago
and was renamed the Frances Shimer Academy in 1896. It was renamed Shimer College in 1950, when it began offering a four-year curriculum based on the Robert Maynard Hutchins|Hutchins Plan
of the University of Chicago. Although the University of Chicago parted with Shimer (and the Hutchins' Plan) in 1958, Shimer has continued to use a version of that curriculum. The college left Mount Carroll for Waukegan, Illinois|Waukegan
in 1978, moving to Chicago in 2006.
Its academic program is based on a Shimer College Core Program|core curriculum
of sixteen required courses in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. All courses are small seminars with no more than twelve students, and are based on original...